VIDEO: OSHA Explains Heat Illness Prevention For Outdoor Workers

July 20, 2015

Exposure to extreme heat causes sickness and sometimes death for workers. OSHA urges employers to prevent heat illness and heat-related deaths through its Heat Illness Prevention Campaign.

Some of the safety tips include:

  • Drink water every 15 minutes, even if you are not thirsty;
  • Rest in the shade to cool down;
  • Wear a hat and light-colored clothing;
  • Learn the signs of heat illness and what to do in an emergency; and
  • Keep an eye on fellow workers.

OSHA also published an interactive map of heat fatalities that occurred between 2008 and 2014.